May 14, 2021

An Education Worth Having

Our work with The University of Melbourne’s New Metrics for Success: Transforming what we value in schools program has been very affirming this year, as it interconnects with our CGGS …BY DESIGN learning architecture.

Over recent years many provocations have emerged from the education sector questioning the effectiveness of the single ATAR score in understanding the holistic capabilities and aspirations of a young person. As a school committed leadership in education, we believe that a CGGS education must be an education worth having by preparing each student for their future. We all value academic excellence and success, but what if our students’ primary pathway to university was no longer determined solely by the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)?

To be relevant we must be looking forward. We know that in the coming years we will need more than the ATAR – universities are already beginning to move in that direction. Based on research, we determined the key components of a CGGS education and designed our own learning architecture called BY DESIGN. This architecture allows us to methodically and with purpose, design our learning and wellbeing curriculum and programs, whilst also addressing the requirements of curriculum and government authorities. BY DESIGN enables students to complete their core and elective subjects and VCE subjects, and assists them to develop the values, mindsets and skill sets that are needed now and into the future.

As the ATAR is limited in what it measures and reports, new tools need to be developed that will be widely recognised and warranted by educational, corporate and other organisations. These are the tools or credentials that we, alongside 30 other schools selected from across Australia and across the different sectors are designing and developing in conjunction with The University of Melbourne. In our BY DESIGN learning architecture, they are termed Proof Points. The credentials that result from these Proof Points will be invaluable in providing students with the evidence they will need to demonstrate their success and capabilities.

Most importantly, CGGS educators continue to have a voice at the forefront of these developments and are contributing to this important conversation and action globally. I look forward to providing further updates throughout the year.

Last week we celebrated our Centenary Founders’ Service, With grateful hearts and unafraid, at St Paul’s CathedralAlongside students, staff and old grammarians, The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and Murrundindi participated in our service. We were delighted that Reverend Amanda Lyons (Class of 2003) joined us to preach and that former Principal, Dr Barbara Fary OAM was in attendance.

It was a very memorable service, and the Founders’ Choir, supported by The Senior School Centenary Strings sang ‘The Centenary Anthem’ a special anthem based on Micah 6:6-8 with music composed by Dan Walker. I would like to thank Rev Helen Creed for creating such a beautiful and meaningful service to acknowledge this special milestone.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody